What They Say:
It seems the people of Kanagawa have a rather peculiar festival they celebrate every year and this year everyone in the Kazama family is coming along for the ride. But amidst the festivities, Yamato runs into a stranger that seems to know his father and has a strange aura about him…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As much as I hate to admit it, the prologue material here again is just too much fun. Watching as Yamato sets up his private time with a dirty VHS tape in which there are many things done in order to ensure it’s never discovered is just far too cute. It’s a lot of effort to feel good, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. But when he discovers that Miyako has not only found the tape but set it up for a live show of herself in an attempt to bed him, you just have to laugh, especially as the end results go pretty far in an amusing direction. But at the same time, you have to wonder why Yamato just doesn’t go for it and enjoy it all, even if he ends up tied with her for awhile. Because it seems like he’s going to be stuck with her one way or another regardless.
Unfortunately, that’s not the main focus of the episode as instead it deals with a festival that’s unique to Kanagawa with the Kanamara Festival. It has a lot of traditional festival things going on, but one of its defining characteristics is that mushrooms of a particular type and length are common and that leads to a lot of obvious gags to be had. It’s sad in that I should not be laughing at this but I can’t help it. It’s just sexy/comical with how blunt it is and while I certainly wouldn’t want that in the majority of series, it’s something that does need to be out there like that once in awhile. Though typically it used to be restricted to OVAs or hentai releases with a good sense of humor about them. While most of the girls are seemingly oblivious to the sexual overtones of it all, others are in on the gag and really just want to gag as they find it disturbing and creepy. Yet compelled to devour…
There is a hell of a lot of dirty material in here that’s well handled, especially when they see small versions of the treats and complain that they’d be better bigger and black. The girls have such varied expressions throughout the episode and even one or two of the guys “go both ways” when it comes to eating them. The majority of the episode deals with all of this, but it also goes into a hilarious Kawakami battle towards the end involving a giant mushroom prop and a smaller mushroom prop. And unfortunately, they decide to slide some serious material into this episode which really doesn’t fit. Towards the end, Yamato ends up running along the river bank and runs right into some guy with bandages all over his face that claims that he knows Yamato’s father. It’s a bit of plot material that’s definitely necessary to help move Yamato forward, but the placement of it is just awkward as it really doesn’t belong in this episode at all.
I laughed. I laughed a lot. And I felt bad for laughing but I couldn’t help it. This is such a smutty episode in its own way that it just hit all the right notes for me. At least outside of the serious couple of minutes forced into it with Yamato and the bandaged stranger who knows his father. It’s a motivating point for the future, but it’s just so poorly utilized here in terms of timing. When you spend so much of the episode laughing, right from the start and through the bulk of the festival, take a break to get really serious just throws the flow of it off. Thankfully, it does end with laughter as the Kawakami battle has the two sides shoving huge, long mushrooms at each other repeatedly. This series goes in so many different ways at times that it’s hard to pin it down. I’ve gone from nearly hating the show to laughing for nearly the whole thing straight. More episodes like this, please.
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